A. ‘Thinking prevents us from seeing our true-Self’ is often interpreted as ‘Zen practitioners and enlightened people should live without thinking’. This is a very common misunderstanding shared by Zen practitioners.
This means that we shouldn’t try to see the true-Self in the same way we seek answers to our problems at school. Trying to see the true-Self logically prevents us from seeing our true-Self. The harder we try in this way the farther we become away from the true-Self.
However, once you have attained enlightenment, or you have realised that everything is empty, you don’t have to worry about it, because you are aware that whatever you may think, your thinking is just the action of the true-Self. Then, you can widen the horizon of your thinking because you can see and hear what you couldn’t before and can be more insightful. Zen meditation does not make a person into an idiot without thinking but rather a wise man with insight.
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